Born in the UK in 1977, Alex Rennie received his Bachelors in Painting with honors from the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. In 2009 he was a selected artist for the BP award presented by Great Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Rennie paints urban images derived from construction scenes captured around London that resonate with more universal themes of growth, renewal and development. Through Rennie’s unique vision we gain a new perspective on a very familiar city, both conceptually and at a more fundamental, human level. Rennie gives the viewer a sense that the people who make up and define an urban community are only fleeting presences, and even the (often) grand monoliths built to service their needs are ultimately only temporary structures.
“Assembled as walls, helixes and balancing stacks, my wood paintings are varying compositions of construction timbers also used to describe growth and change. Each length of wood in the Stack paintings corresponds to the city’s population over a certain duration. Some timbers contain found graffiti and scrawls, particularly initials and hearts multiplied over and over to symbolize individual lives, their passing and union. Like the infinitely repeated hearts and initials, these ideas include a slightly existential feel. Sometimes splintered, carved or burnt, cracks and ruptures in the wood often form past, present or expanding maps of the city.” - Artist Statement